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The Prop Building Guidebook, 2nd Edition by Eric Hart

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fifteen shells and laminates

 

 

 

A shell requires either an underlying shape or a mold; these materials are distinct in that they are not formed on their own by tools and machines, but by making the shape first through fabrication, patterning, or sculpting, and then wrapping, covering, or laminating materials onto or into that shape.

Shells can be any sort of hollow prop with a continuous skin. Masks, helmets, armor, vases, bowls are just a few examples; you can also construct large props that appear solid but are hollow to save on weight.

The first group of materials in this chapter comprises flexible sheet materials that can be manipulated into shapes and made rigid or semirigid enough to maintain that shape. They may become flexible ...

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